Understanding Our funding

As a convener, collaborator and catalyst for change, our vision is to create a thriving community where adults and children have equitable access to Health, Education, and Financial Stability — the building blocks to self-sufficiency and a high quality of life. We are committed to creating lasting change with measurable improvements for people in need in Rome and Floyd County, shifting our role from raising funds for a variety of good causes toward that of a more focused, strategic convener of community change. We are aligning and investing in the most effective programs and services, addressing the most critical areas of need through community-minded, holistic strategies.

All UWRF funding is awarded through an open, transparent process that engages community members and subject matter experts to maximize local impact of community resources.

What is The Emergency Food & Shelter Program?

UWRF administers these funds on behalf of the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program through the Department of Homeland Security. Phase 36 funds were awarded to Floyd County in the amount of $43, 947.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local organizations chosen to receive funds must:  1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government with the capability to supplement and extend existing emergency food and shelter services, 2) have an accounting system and comply with program responsibilities and requirements, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.  Please note: individuals in need of assistance may not apply directly for funds; rather, services will be provided through area non-profit agencies.

For Phase 36, the following amounts were awarded by a volunteer community board: $15,000 to Journey Food Pantry, $7,500 to Open Door Home for Children, $21,447 to Salvation Army Rome.

Community Impact Grants*

This traditional grant is directed toward individual local nonprofit organizations through a competitive application process and does not exceed 25% of an organization’s overall annual budget. While transitioning away from this type of funding, United Way renewed 2018 pledges to 18 local nonprofit organizations through December 2019.

Through the 2019 Community Impact Grant Request for Proposals, United Way offered a refined process focused on measurable outcomes of specific programs that align with our strategies for our three focus areas. Awards to 7 programs from 5 local nonprofit organizations have been announced. Allocation of these awards begins January 2020, and they are renewable through December 2021.

*Community Impact Grant Notice

United Way of Rome & Floyd County (UWRF) is phasing out the Community Impact Grant program. Final awards for this program were announced November 2019 and are renewable for a two-year period, through December 31, 2021. UWRF will not be releasing a new RFP.

Funding opportunities will be realigned and reallocated to support nonprofit partners whose work closely aligns with UWRF’s commitment to address poverty in our community through the three pillars of health, education and financial stability. This is part of our transition from a traditional model and the continued evolution of our investment strategy over the past year – aligned with changes in the national United Way business model – that allows us to dedicate resources to address focused sets of community challenges.

For additional information, please view our FAQs:


  • When will the Community Impact Grant phase out? UWRF phased out the Community Impact Grant program at the conclusion of the 2019 Community Impact Grant application process on October 18, 2019, and as a result, will not be releasing any future Requests for Proposals.
  • How will United Way support the community in the future? UWRF will be realigning and reallocating funding opportunities to support nonprofit partners whose work closely aligns with UWRF’s commitment to address poverty in our community through the three pillars of health, education and financial stability.
  • What is UWRF’s commitment to addressing poverty? In 2019, UWRF changed the way we do business and embarked upon a transition from a traditional competitive grant process to a community impact model that focuses on aligning missions around a defined social change initiative and supporting focused work to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. In close collaboration and support of our nonprofit partners, we seek to tackle the complex interconnected issue of poverty in Rome & Floyd County.
    • Specifically, UWRF seeks to align and support partners in addressing poverty through two developing Social Change Initiatives:
      • Homelessness & Housing
      • Youth & Families
    • The first example of this new model, the Housing & Homelessness Social Change Initiative, began in January 2019. In partnership with the City of Rome and Floyd County, it formally established the Interagency Council on Poverty & Homelessness, made up of local shelter and housing missions and other key stakeholders. The initiative provides 501(c)3 status and a permanent home for the Council, as well as a paid support staff, who will lead and support the Council in developing a community plan to address housing and homelessness in our community. United Way has committed to allocate funding toward the Council’s prioritized goals.
  • How will UWRF funding be allocated in the future? Going forward, UWRF seeks to support community-minded solutions by supporting the cooperative work of our nonprofit partners, the acknowledged experts in addressing our community’s greatest social challenges, through funding priorities they define as part of a collaborative strategy.
    • UWRF’s recent proposal to fund a supportive staff position to coordinate and support the work of the community’s Interagency Council on Poverty & Homelessness, and to commit funding toward the Council’s collaboratively defined priorities, is an example of this new strategy, aligning with UWRF’s newly established Homlessness & Housing Social Change Inititative.
  • Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
    • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alli Mitchell at alli@uwrome.org, or 706.622.1990.

Special Purpose Grants

 Funding designed to support specified priority impact areas, new programs, or innovations to an existing program. Funding is granted on a one-time basis with no commitment for continued support and may not exceed 25% of an organization’s overall annual budget. Nonprofit organizations, including those with currently funded programs, are eligible to apply. Specific guidelines will be released as opportunities become available, and may be released for open application or by invitation only. 

Eligibility for UWRF Funding

At minimum, an organization must:

  • Concentrate its efforts and services within the UWRF service areas of Rome & Floyd County
  • Propose a program that aligns with at least one of UWRF’s Focus Areas
  • Adhere to good governance standards through an annual tax return (990/990EZ), an active volunteer Board of Directors, and an IRS determination letter verifying non-profit status.

UWRF does NOT typically fund:

  • Arts and culture programs
  • Sports teams and recreation activities
  • Capital campaigns or projects
  • Environmental projects or organizations
  • Direct religious activities of religious groups or organizations

While these causes are important to the vibrance of our communities, they do not fit the focus of UWRF’s Community Impact work. 

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